Great Australian Beer Festival 2022 (Geelong)

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Great Australian Beer Festival 2022 (Geelong)

They say “Good things happen to those who wait! And we agree! The Great Australian Beer Festival is kicking off at Geelong’s Johnstone Park next Saturday, 2nd April, bigger and better than ever; set to deliver two jam-packed sessions guaranteeing twice the fun and offerings throughout the day.

Patrons will have the opportunity to indulge in over 200 of the finest hand-crafted beers, ciders, cocktails and wines; perfectly complimented by the very best in local gourmet street food. Plus live music, masterclasses, beer – food pairings and live demonstrations.

Day session will run from 11am – 4pm with FREE masterclasses, forums, and workshops and live music including The Badloves, The Settlement and local acts The Violas and Izzy Losi. Evening session will run from 5pm – 10pm featuring Geelong’s iconic Piano bar, roving cabaret performers and live music featuring ARIA Award winners Art vs Science, Fulton Street Band and emerging locals, Beans and Immy Owusu.

At GABF, festivalgoers are taken on the ultimate journey of craft beer and food discovery; exploring rare and exclusive festival brews, ciders and one-of-a-kind cocktails, complimented perfectly by the best in local street food. The exceptional and innovative food and drink offerings are definitely the hero of the festival! “Its why people come from all over Australia. Everything else is there to complement them
and keep everyone completely entertained across the event.”

From small batch speciality brews like “Jackalope Whisky Sours”, “Pana Chocolate Stouts”, “Sticky Fingers “Lagers” and Chlorophyl IPAs to reliable drapht favourites and pallet cleansing Ales. And for those not so keen on beer, there’s a selection of wines, cocktails, seltzers, ciders and crush concoctions.

*(GABF festival picks available upon request)

Another major highlight of the festival will be the Masterclass and Brewers stage presented by Barrett Burston, hosted by industry icon and qualified cicerone, Tiff Waldron.

“GABF is all about our love for local beer – the masterclasses, forums, beer-food pairings and brewer talks are another great way for those who are just entering the world of craft beer to discover more about the beers and the brewers around them.”

“We were heartbroken to postpone in January, but knew it was the most responsiblething to do” said festival director Kieran Blood. However, the community support has been overwhelming with 95% of ticket holders retaining their tickets. We are so excited to finally have the opportunity to deliver the GABF experience that everyone knows and loves while offering a COVID safe environment. We aim to deliver the perfectly crafted beer festival experience!”

GABF will bring over 8000 people from all over Victoria and interstate into the local region, with many opting to stay for 1-2 nights to experience the many exciting activities and entertainment on offer. This means a massive economic injection into the local hospitality and retail industry.

The festival supports more than just those directly involved with the event, with the central location at Johnstone Park only a short walk from Geelong Station, offering easier access for locals and visitors and supporting local CBD businesses pre and post event.

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support locals! We are proud to showcase our local producers and local venues ranging from Geelong, Bellarine, Surf Coast and Otway regions. From limited releases to local regional favourites festival goers can expect the best of everything at GABF.